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• Former vice-president addressed political rally in Trinidad
• ‘If I’ve been thieving Fifa money for 30 years, who gave me the money?’
Disgraced former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has been pictured dancing and at a political rally just hours after he was released from prison and taken to hospital in an ambulance citing ‘exhaustion’.
Warner was arrested in a sweeping corruption probe launched by US authorities this week and taken to prison in Trinidad’s capital Port of Spain. On Thursday, the 72-year-old appeared in court, where a judge detailed eight counts against him and then set bail at 2.5m Trinidadian dollars (US$395,000). He was also told he must surrender his passport and report to police twice a week.Continue reading...
• Hartley has now had bans totalling 54 weeks
• Lancaster in World Cup tight spot over hothead Hartley
England are expected to announce they have dropped Dylan Hartley from their Rugby World Cup training squad today, after his latest ban for headbutting Jamie George.
It is understood that England head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm he has dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad when announcing the team to face the Barbarians in Sunday’s Twickenham clash.Continue reading...
The curious fan’s guide to the match that stops a nation. Or the match that used to, at least
With the Guardian’s unstoppable rise to global dominance (NOTE: actual dominance may not be global. Or dominant) we at Guardian US thought we’d run a series of articles for newer football fans wishing to improve their knowledge of the game’s history and storylines, hopefully in a way that doesn’t patronise you to within an inch of your life. A warning: If you’re the kind of person that finds The Blizzard too populist this may not be the series for you.
The FA Cup final is the nearest thing English sport has to the Super Bowl, and Aston Villa and Arsenal will run out for this year’s edition on Saturday. A famous annual jamboree, the showpiece of the nation’s favourite pastime, the culmination of a long season, a quasi-religious affair, a pseudo public holiday for all the family to enjoy. Soccer’s big day out.Continue reading...
The rolling, complex drama in Zurich can sometimes feel distant, a reality show for governance wonks
On Wednesday evening, whilst other MLS clubs were playing meaningful league matches, Toronto FC hosted Manchester City for a friendly. After the final whistle, local and international media assembled for a brief press conference, where Manuel Pellegrini and Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney were asked their opinions on the day’s events, when Swiss police apprehended seven Fifa officials as part of a US Department of Justice indictment.Continue reading...
- Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova in action at Roland Garros
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Morning! There’s no time for a preamble today. I’ve arrived late too work. Don’t tell my bosses! They don’t read this stuff, so we’re absolutely fine, as long as no one snitches. Good? Okay. Let’s go. What’s happening? Alize Cornet is fighting back against the remarkable Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after losing the first set 6-4. Cornet leads 4-2 in the second set. Once this is done, Roger Federer plays the unheralded Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.Continue reading...
- Second Test, day one over-by-over updates from Headingley
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Actual newsy news! An early lunch will be taken at 12.30pm, and play will get under way 40 minutes later, unless it rains some more. Here’s the latest rain radar:
And another one!
Mopping up at Headingley and a lot brighter.
A vaguely optimistic update from Headingley:
Less umbrellas noticeable around Headingley now. Looks to be minimal rain. #fingerscrossed
Here’s a minty-fresh picture from Headingley:
Apparently the rain has stopped and the clouds aren’t as grey and dismal as they were half an hour ago. Still no word on a start time.
Latest from the ground: no play for “at least an hour and a half”, according to Sky. England’s players are already kicking their heels in the dressing room, while the New Zealand side are still hanging out at their hotel.
So without further ado, the key picture of the morning:
Simon will be here soon enough. While you wait, here is Vic Marks on why Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali showed they are true talents during England’s win over New Zealand at Lord’s but how not all players can pair versatility with quality. Enjoy.
You can never have enough all-rounders in your Test team but you can have too many bits and pieces players. So what is the difference between these two categories, how is an all‑rounder defined and what do England currently have in their team?
Try this definition: for someone to be a true Test all-rounder, one of the disciplines of the player concerned should be good enough to get him into the team even if he does not bat or bowl as well. There is a more exacting statistical scale which is beautifully simple. If someone’s batting average exceeds his bowling average then he is a formidable all-rounder.Continue reading...
The twin pillars of Henrik Lundqvist and Alain Vigneault have given the Rangers a huge advantage in series deciders
Like the villain in an 80s horror flick, the Rangers are nearly impossible to kill. No amount of adversity, mental or physical resistance will deter them (this postseason, at least) from their goal of taking home the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup in the past 90 years. The Tampa Bay Lightning, will be the latest team to try, for a second time on Friday night.
Since Alain Vigneault took the reins as the head coach of the New York Rangers two years ago, the team has twice come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series. They’re the only team to pull off that impressive and improbable feat.Continue reading...